The ruffed grouse was designated the official state bird of Pennsylvania in 1931. Sometimes called the Partridge, the Ruffed Grouse is one of 10 species of grouse native to North America, ranging mostly in regions where snow is an important part of the winter scene (consistently covering the ground from late November to at least late March). The Ruffed Grouse is a hearty bird which thrives during severe winters that decimate flocks of quail, pheasants, and turkeys.
Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA This is the famous Horseshoe Curve for the Pennsylvania Railroad. This is how the trains get up over the Allegheny Mountains in central PA. There have been steps to clime to the rail site and now there is a tram. Any way you get there, it is very exciting to be there when a train goes by and they do so often.